Agent-based Computing addresses the challenges in managing distributed computing systems and networks through monitoring, communication, consensus-based decision-making and coordinated actuation. As a result, intelligent agents and multi-agent systems have demonstrated the capability to use intelligence, knowledge representation and reasoning, and other social metaphors like 'trust', 'game' and 'institution', not only to address real-world problems in a human-like way but also to transcend human performance. This has had a transformative impact in many application domains, particularly in e-commerce, and also in planning, logistics, manufacturing, robotics, decision support, transportation, entertainment, emergency relief & disaster management, and data mining & analytics.
The 20th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems (PRIMA 2017) invites submissions of original, unpublished, theoretical and applied work on any such topic, and encourages reports on the development of prototype and deployed agent systems, and of experiments that demonstrate novel agent system capabilities.
- Wolfram Burgard, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany
- Massimiliano Giacomin, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy
- Jorge M. Pacheco, Universidade do Minho, Portugal